This week at Lou Messugo it’s been all about going green. We’ve been eagerly watching the deconfinement map of France change colour while watching the new grass in the garden growing before our eyes.
Deconfinement Map Going Green
All eyes have been on the deconfinement map of France (above) turning green. About 10 days ago the Prime Minister announced we would start to ease lockdown on 11th May, depending on certain circumstances. The main one was that départements would need to be “green” to loosen the strict lockdown rules. (The colours relate to the number of cases in the area and the number of hospital beds).
Our département (bottom right or most the south-easterly) started off orange and a couple of days later turned green. We were told that just because it had gone green didn’t mean it would stay that way and could revert back to orange or even red.
Those that were green as of yesterday (Thursday 7th May) would “unlock”. We made it! As of next Monday we will be allowed out without a permit, within 100km of home. We will be able to socialise with groups of up to 10 people and forests will be open again to walk in (though not beaches yet). Most shops will be open but not restaurants, bars and cafés yet…nor crucially for me, self-catering holiday homes/gîtes. The next announcement will be at the end of May/early June.
The Lawn is Growing Fast
One project during lockdown has been to resow the lawns. They were both suffering badly from several droughts and were in desperate need of attention. With no one in the gîte we decided it was time to dig them up and start again. So far so good.
We are getting used to wearing masks when we go out. JF is already back at work, commuting to Monaco on the train, so he especially needs a good supply of masks. Our lovely neighbour has made us a few including this (dark) green one!
Going Green Blog Round-Up
This post is just a lighthearted look at what’s going on in our life this week but if you really want to go green – in an environmental and sustainable way – then check out my friend Rosie’s blog A Green and Rosie Life where she shares green living tips and collates regular round-ups of sustainable/environmental blog posts from across the blogosphere.
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Hi Phoebe, I’m glad that Lou Messugo is in the green zone, and you guys can start to get back to some regular rhythms. Stay healthy!
I am so pleased you went green. It was a bit worrying seeing you (and us) orange to begin with. Great blog idea to focus on green: your lawn in looking great, lovely green mask and a much appreciated mention for a fellow blogger – many thanks and much appreciated!!
We are also looking for green here in our state. Our governor had devised a 3-step plan for deconfinement. Unfortunately, I live in an area that is still red. We still need to go to yellow, then finally green.
What a good idea colour coding like that. I can’t see us in the UK out of lockdown anytime soon
The UK is a week behind France, perhaps you’ll be slowly released from May 18th? While I can’t wait to be allowed out without a permit and to be able to go further than 1km I am also very apprehensive of how it’s going to work and very wary of a 2nd wave.
I love the way you have linked all the green aspects! I hope it won’t be too long before your business can reopen.
The “theme” popped into to my head a couple of nights ago when I couldn’t sleep!